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We Have The Proper Techniques In Clifton Park After A Water Loss

3/25/2020 (Permalink)

A basement covered in water after a water heater burst This home suffered a water loss after a supply line broke, needing fast cleanup. We arrived right away and began restoration.

Steps that Help in Proper Moisture Control When Restoring Water Damage Incidents in Clifton Park

Although it is possible to take preventive measures against water spills such as checking hot water tanks regularly, washing-machine hoses, and locating the main shutoff valves, preventing such incidents entirely is hard. Decisively dealing with the moisture released into the affected areas, helps ensure full recovery from water damage incidents.

When there is a water damage incident in Clifton Park, one has to remove any surface water left in the affected areas as well as any wetness that penetrates beyond the surface of building materials and contents such as wooden or upholstered furniture. Surface water is easier to manage, especially when using powerful extraction equipment. Our SERVPRO technicians use dry-wet vacs or truck-mounted water extractors to remove gallons of water within a short period.

The water that soaks into materials can present some challenges, especially if it is left in place. Drying procedures mostly utilize evaporation, so there is a chance that layers close to the surface may appear dry while there are still moisture traces left beneath the surface. Such traces can cause long-term problems such as rotting or mold development. Our SERVPRO technicians use penetrating moisture meters to check for wetness hidden deep in materials. The meters have Teflon-coated probes ensuring they take readings only with the tips. We take readings continuously throughout the drying process concentrating mostly on the wettest areas because once they dry, the rest of the property is also dry. 

Another challenge of water damage is the need for consistent drying to prevent damages that can occur when the process is too fast or too slow. For example, speedy drying can cause wood to crack or warp. Constant monitoring helps establish whether drying procedures are appropriate. Our SERVPRO technicians take several readings from the same spot but at different layers to check how moisture levels are affected by the drying procedures, thus determining whether the rate of drying is appropriate.

Proper moisture control helps prevent long-term problems after a water spill incident. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help.

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Fire and Odor Removal in Saratoga Springs

3/21/2020 (Permalink)

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Fire and Odor Removal in Saratoga Springs Requires Adaptation to Your Particular Scenario

Among the most important reasons to engage the services of a professional fire damage company is the training and experience brought to the crisis in your Saratoga Springs home. The conditions under which fire residues spread create soils and odors that are unlike any other cleaning challenge. Conventional cleaning approaches can make things worse, a result that is not only disheartening but might make damage permanent, needing great expense and disruption to make right.

Variables that Cause Fire Damage Abatement Difficult
When we assess your Saratoga Springs home for fire and odor removal, our highly-qualified project managers take note of a range of surface characteristics and consideration of the types of fuels and the burning environment. When building materials and contents burn, the smoke residues result from a complicated calculus of

    •    Temperature
    •    Oxygen level
    •    Moisture
    •    Gases produced because of fuel composition

These variables then interact in unique ways with the vast array of surfaces, furnishings, household goods, and personal possessions comprising and occupying the interior of your home, from natural substances like wood, metals, and stone, to modern structural components and contents made from synthetic substances.

Cleaning Protocols Not Fixed or Defined
Because of all these variants and combinations, SERVPRO must be creative as we approach your fire circumstances. Our crews learn the science of fire residue and odor removal during the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) training. The “art” of residue and odor abatement comes in as technicians adapt basic concepts of cleaning to obtain successful outcomes for you and your family.

Multiple Methods to Apply the Principles and Elements of Cleaning
Ultimately, effective deep cleaning of the surfaces and contents of your home not only delivers a clean and sanitary environment but also eliminates all but the most persistent odors. We do not give up until we attempt every possible adaptation of cleaning principles and elements. This can include:

    •    Multiple ways to agitate surfaces to dislodge residues
    •    A range of cleaning products to produce desired chemical reactions that break the bond between surfaces and soot
    •    Manipulations of heat and dwell time
    •    Use of advanced equipment like foggers and hydroxyl generators for odor elimination

Have confidence in the innovative mindset of the team from SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County. Call us at (518) 885-2620 after fire damage, and experience the ways our knowledge, experience, and persistence work to make it “Like it never even happened.”

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Call SERVPRO to Mitigate Water Losses in Your Clifton Park Property

3/8/2020 (Permalink)

removed walls lower area, drying equipment in place Count on the Team with the Training and Equipment to Mitigate Water Damage to Your Clifton Park Home--SERVPRO!

Water Damage Clifton Park? Now, What to Do?

No matter how well a property is maintained, it is impossible to keep all areas completely watertight, especially during bad weather.  Many Clifton Park residents experience problems with dampness within their properties and try to find ways to combat this.  But issues such as unwanted moisture and leaks can cause serious damage not only to the building but also to the items inside, which, if not repaired correctly, will only become worse over time.  However, with the correct techniques, mitigation can lessen the impact of water losses.

Any water damage to your Clifton Park home needs to be addressed quickly, no matter how minor it may seem to prevent secondary damages.  At SERVPRO, we recognize this and are happy to help no matter the size of the job to ensure to control the degrading environment. Our experienced IICRC certified team can assess the problem and carry out a full evaluation to find out if the surrounding areas are also retaining moisture.  Then we can let you know what needs to be done before work begins so you can have peace of mind at every stage of the process. Our goal is not only to preserve and restore structural elements of your home but to provide you with a stress-free experience.

Water extraction speed is crucial to limiting any build back of damaged materials, fixtures, and even personal possessions. Our SERVPRO team can discover hidden moisture pockets within wall voids, under staircases, and in basements using infrared imaging cameras and a variety of moisture meters and sensors.

Air movers, both centrifugal and axial, can circulate and direct air currents to maximize evaporation rates to dry out the affected areas as quickly as possible. We can use several types of portable pumps and wet vacs with an assortment of wands to remove liquid water from soft and porous materials. With a large inventory of special cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitizing products, we can restore your home to a safe and secure place for you and your family.

So if you need help remedying water damage within your Clifton Park property, why not get in touch with SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County? We can be reached by calling (518) 885-2620 and available 24/7.

Water Damage In Your Clifton Park Commercial Space

3/3/2020 (Permalink)

water damaged property SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available whenever you need assistance with commercial water damage.

We Can Help Limit Loss from Water Damage in Your Clifton Park Commercial Space

For commercial water damage restoration to be a success, it is best to act immediately. Hiring experts ensure that all areas with excessive moisture are addressed to limit the amount of loss. Once you call SERVPRO to your commercial space, we determine the types of extraction methods necessary, calculate how much equipment to have on-site, and estimate how long the project will take.

Even if you feel that you have enough staff on hand to help with commercial water damage in Clifton Park, SERVPRO technicians have training and skills that help us to facilitate fast cleanup. We come to each job fully prepared with trucks loaded with the right equipment to help remove water, ensure everything is dried, and work on disinfecting the space to inhibit mold growth. Our team understands how many gallons per hour we can remove from your commercial space with our equipment, and we put a solid plan in place to execute each step with precision.

Detailed Planning
Even if we determine the amount of standing water that is present within your building, there is more to the water removal story. Water often soaks into both semi-porous and porous materials through your property, so we take hidden areas into consideration as we work. SERVPRO has skilled technicians that estimate the overall surface area of saturated materials so that we put the right amount of air movers and industrial-strength dehumidifiers in place. Our calculations also allow us the ability to determine what size dehumidifiers are needed and where they should be placed for optimum drying times.

With any water loss situation, time is of the essence. We get to your commercial space and work quickly to lessen damage but also to keep secondary problems from taking hold. Mold starts developing in as little as 48 hours, so our team works to bring moisture levels down throughout your commercial space. In some instances, equipment like centrifugal air movers helps to bring about higher static pressure that speeds up the drying process.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is available whenever you need assistance with commercial water damage. All you have to do is get in touch with us by calling (518) 885-2620, and we send a skilled team out as soon as possible to get to work on an assessment.

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Eliminating Fire Damage In Your Clifton Park Home

2/23/2020 (Permalink)

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Eliminating Fire Damage from a Clifton Park Kitchen

The kitchen is easily the most common source of fire damages in the home, but kitchen fires are also the least reported. Because of this, soot deposits and damages can linger for extended periods. With exposure to moisture, soot becomes acidic and can corrode metals and plastics. Invisible protein residues from cooking fires not only emit foul odors, but they can also discolor paints and finishes over time.

If your Clifton Park kitchen needs fire damage mitigation fast, you can count on SERVPRO to be there for the cleanup within hours of your call. SERVPRO uses the Institute of Inspection Cleaning and Restoration Certification (IICRC) standards for its cleanup protocols, meaning you get access to a high standard of cleanup that seeks to restore both your structure and the contents within to a safe and clean condition once more. Technicians are thorough in their inspections to ensure the safety of occupants.

SERVPRO's 24/7 Availability
While SERVPRO is a large firm with over 1,700 franchises in the United States and Canada, local residents own and operate within these locations so that their services are always relevant to the unique needs of the homeowners in their respective communities. SERVPRO is uniquely positioned to aid residents not only through cleanup services but also through cooperation with local chambers of commerce to provide the restoration that homeowners need when they need it.

Your local SERVPRO is affiliated with the following Chambers of Commerce:

    •    Adirondack
    •    Albany
    •    Lake George
    •    Saratoga
    •    Southern Saratoga

Cleaning from Ceiling to Floor
When removing fire damage soils, it is essential to get rid of large, loose, dry deposits, typically with dry cleaning sponges, before moving on to wet cleaning solutions. If protein residues are present after a fire, enzyme digesters may be used to turn proteins into water-soluble, odorless materials that be readily cleaned with EPA-registered antimicrobial solutions.

If there is extensive charring on wood cabinetry or counters, gentle blast media like soda ash may be utilized to remove burnt material while minimizing damage to your fixtures.

SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County is Faster to Any Size Disaster. Call (518) 885-2620 for disaster cleanup service at any time of the day or night.

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We Get You Back In Business In Clifton Park After Fire

2/17/2020 (Permalink)

Shelves in our warehouse housing our restoration equipment We are ready to assist you when the next fire disaster strikes. We are available 24 hours a day / 7 days a week, so call us right away.

Cleaning Up Your Clifton Park Church After a Reception Hall Fire

Cleaning up after a fire loss in your Clifton Park church can require multiple restorative processes. Because fires can originate in different areas of your structure, identifying the full measure of the damage is where recovery efforts begin. Our project manager can walk through the site with our customers when possible to gain perspective on what is most important for the congregation of the church moving forward.

While these disasters can originate anywhere on the property, the reception hall can often be the origin point of fire damage to Clifton Park churches. This larger gathering area has a kitchen section where stoves can get left on and catch pots and pans on fire, but this prep area might also feature outlets and respective circuits at their limitations. Because many receptions and family gatherings using this hall of your church demand power through music equipment, the PA system, and several heating pads or slow cookers, overloading outlets can happen without excessive use.

When fires originate from overloaded outlets, it is a problem that can escalate quickly, In many situations, the fire itself starts within the walls, allowing it to take a real hold on nearby construction materials like drywall and framework in the brief time before others can recognize a threat. Even with suppression systems like sprinklers, controlled demolition, debris removal, and other mitigation tasks must occur to make the reception hall usable again.

Sealing off the fire damaged area of your church can help migrating threats like harsh odors and soot from reaching more challenging areas to clean and recover like the sanctuary. Linoleum flooring can deal with substantial soot residues that can get cleaned with chemical agents and wiping or foam cleaning approaches. In addition to removing harmful soot residues through this direct cleaning path, we can protect the installed flooring and reduce odors as well.

With plastic barriers preventing access and cross-contamination, we can maximize our efforts in this work zone. Machines like hydroxyl generators or ozone machines can run when the church is empty to begin neutralizing smoke odors and filtering out debris and contaminants during controlled demolition and eventual build back by our licensed commercial contractors.

A fire can start in different areas and for different reasons. However, a fast and confident response can help to reduce property damage and expedite recovery and restoration for your church. We know how important it can be to have the full use of your building, so we can work efficiently to get things back to normal. Give our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team a call anytime at (518) 885-2620.

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Flood Damage Restoration In Your Clifton Park Home

2/7/2020 (Permalink)

flood damaged property After flooding, it is critical to get a good idea of how severe water damage might be throughout a structure.

Ideal Situations for Thermography in Clifton Park after Floods

When you acquire the services of dedicated restoration professionals like our SERVPRO team, you are also affording the most efficient recovery tools and equipment in the industry for your Clifton Park home. Flooding can cause excessive loss, even with a fast response to the emergency, so it is vital to identify the full spread and migration of water to dry out these threats wherever they get found. To accomplish this, our team must use a variety of moisture detection devices and strategies.

Knowing which technique to use in which situation can not only improve the efficiency of recovering flood damage to Clifton Park homes, but it can ultimately save the customer time and money as well. While many situations and materials can benefit from the use of surface meters or even probing moisture detectors, thermography is also a practical approach. While this can give our technicians credible information about the location of water and moisture surrounding damaged materials, it is not without some limitations.

Thermal imaging also referred to by many as infrared, can help to both inspect a property for moisture concerns and monitor the success and progress of specific drying practices. This sophisticated equipment can help to provide a fast evaluation of the migration of water throughout a structure, which can lead to a more thorough drying result. These tools can also help our SERVPRO structural drying technicians provide documentation of the success of drying efforts.

There are limitations to using these cameras, however. Thermography does not show moisture but rather temperature differences in the material, which can sometimes result in false positives on the presence of moisture. In the same regard, our professionals must utilize available images to decipher what damage might exist inside or behind damaged surfaces. The image is only a thermal look at the surface materials.

After flooding, it is critical to get a good idea of how severe water damage might be throughout a structure. Our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County can utilize advanced imagery techniques like infrared to gain new perspectives on present moisture and track the progress of drying efforts. No matter how we can help after a flood, give us a call at (518) 885-2620.

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Our Technicians Can Save Your Water Damaged Carpeting In Your Clifton Park Home

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

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Premier Carpet Cleaning for Water Damaged Clifton Park Homes

After a water loss incident, your Clifton Park home could be in dire need of cleaning and recovery actions. While there are dozens of restoration teams and services that you can choose from in Saratoga County alone, our SERVPRO professionals can help with premier cleaning services to restore the look and feel of flooring throughout your property like carpeting.

Water cleanup in Clifton Park homes often involves many phases of revitalization and renewal. Beginning in the area where the water damages originated, you can encounter the highest concentrations of moisture and dampness in the exposed flooring, wallboard, and trim. Carpets can absorb considerable volumes of standing water, but are also susceptible to lingering residues and staining when cleaning does not occur as promptly as it should.

We have a full division of experienced cleaning technicians capable of employing some advanced strategies with various carpet and flooring types. With water recovery, the first step is often to dry out the damaged carpet as promptly as possible with a combination of weighted extractors and evaporative drying techniques. An assessment can get made about the condition of the padding once the top carpeting layer gets detached. Light wands are an excellent extraction tool when the padding is not to get saved.

Hot water extraction and bonnet cleaning are two carpet recovery strategies that can improve the look and function of flooring in your residence. Hot water extraction has often gotten referred to as steam cleaning, and it features the pressurized blast of warm, clean water to the base of carpet fibers. With the powerful onboard vacuum to remove surface moisture, we can make many carpet threats for your home, “Like it never even happened.”

No matter how we can help after a disaster strikes, you can count on the fast and confident response of our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team. We have sophisticated equipment and trained personnel to improve the function of your carpet beyond removing water saturation, odors, and residues. Give our skilled experts a call whenever you need us at (518) 885-2620.

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How to Remediate Commercial Fire Damage in Clifton Park

1/26/2020 (Permalink)

commercial kitchen with fire Fire damage is something that can quickly happen to your business. Contact SERVPRO for effective remediation efforts.

Effects of Restaurant Kitchen Fires on Your Clifton Park Building

Addressing fire loss impacts must happen as promptly as possible following a disaster in your Clifton Park restaurant. Because you have a steady flow of traffic throughout the day with customers and deliveries, even moderate damages contained in specific areas of the building can still considerably dampen the productivity of your business and the way you can service customers entering your restaurant. Our SERVPRO team can help to determine what your building needs by beginning mitigation as soon as possible.

Containment is a vital step to take after fire damage to Clifton Park restaurants if you intend to continue operating in any capacity. Many damaging elements could compromise the experience of your customers, including the presence of airborne contaminants, possible carcinogens, and lingering odors. Physical damages to surfaces and furniture in the dining area could be even more detrimental and make keeping your doors open throughout restoration unlikely.

Assessing the work to get done is a process that begins with our job scoping. Between our estimator and our project manager, we can meet with our commercial customer to determine the solution that works best for him. It is vital to establish timelines to know when your restaurant can expect to reopen. During our initial inspection, we can determine the tools, products, and personnel required to overcome all immediate effects most efficiently. It is our business to get you back in business.

Airborne threats are one of the most problematic effects after a fire loss. By establishing containment barriers with plastic sheeting, tension poles, painters tape, and wood framework, we can keep contaminants and odors from spreading beyond their highest concentration points. With the deployment of cutting-edge equipment with HEPA filtration like our hydroxyl generators and air scrubbers, we can capture particles as small as 0.3 microns and reduce or eliminate noxious odors as well.

We understand how vital it is to get your business back to running at full capacity as quickly as possible, especially in the demanding food and beverage industry. From content management through improving air quality with premier equipment, our SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County team can help. Give us a call anytime at (518) 885-2620.

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How To Properly Handle Waste After A Flood In Clifton Park

1/12/2020 (Permalink)

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Proper Handling of Waste from Flood Damage Incidents in Clifton Park

Flooding causes a wide range of problems in the property it affects. The pile-up of wastes from different sources within the property, including building materials and contents damaged by exposure to water and contaminants, is common. Apart from cleaning up your flooded Clifton Park home, SERVPRO also helps manage the wastes produced, so you do not have to incur additional costs.

Removing Silt and Mud
Depending on the circumstances of the flood damage incident in Clifton Park, there might be waste materials brought in from outside the structure. For example, groundwater can sweep silt or mud into the house. Such waste is considered hazardous because it might contain chemicals such as pesticides collected by the water as it flows over different landscapes. Our SERVPRO crews use shovels or other appropriate tools to remove the waste before using pressure washers to clean off the remnants.

Handling Unsalvageable Building Materials
The process of tearing down unsalvageable materials on the floors, walls, and other areas can leave piles of debris. Removing the carpet and pad is standard if there is one in the property because of heavy contamination. The carpet is bulky even when rolled, which can complicate the removal. Our SERVPRO technicians cut it into small pieces allowing it to fit effortlessly in waste disposal bins.

Handling Mold Debris
In case the flooding incident leads to mold development, there is a need to remove all the moldy debris without spreading it to other areas. Apart from establishing engineering controls such as setting up containments with 6-mil plastic sheets, our SERVPRO technicians also take steps to store the debris removed from the site safely before disposal. We use plastic bags to hold the moldy materials such as insulation and drywall removed from different parts of the structure. Double bagging such debris helps ensure no spillage.

Proper waste management is crucial when managing flood damage. Call SERVPRO of Southern Saratoga County at (518) 885-2620 to help. We’re Faster to Any Size Disaster.

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